Wire Products Eliminates Supply Chain Barriers for Appliance Company
Summary: Wire Products, an AS 9100 D and ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer, provided a game-changing solution for an Eastern European Appliance Company struggling with supply chain issues in their U.S. operations. By offering local sourcing and dedicated production equipment, Wire Products significantly reduced lead times and minimum order quantities for the customer, leading to cost savings and greater operational efficiency.
Industry: Appliance Manufacturing
Category: Supply Chain Optimization, Local Sourcing
Processes: Automated Welding, Just-In-Time Inventory
An appliance company in Eastern Europe had recently expanded operations into the U.S., yet they faced significant supply chain challenges. Reliance on European suppliers for a wire form welded assembly was leading to high lead times, minimum order quantities, and elevated freight costs that hampered their U.S. operation’s efficiency.
Wire Products quoted competitive prices for the components the Appliance Company needed. More importantly, they offered “local sourcing,” addressing the major supply chain concerns. Their Tooling and Maintenance teams even built an automated welding machine dedicated specifically to this customer’s production needs.
The benefits of this partnership were substantial and immediate. Lead times were significantly reduced thanks to a truck making weekly trips between the two facilities. Minimum order quantities were also notably lowered. This enabled the customer to maintain Just-In-Time inventory rather than holding 3-4 months of component stock. Furthermore, Wire Products’ capability as a local supplier allowed them to meet unexpected demand surges effectively.
Once the partnership was well-established, Wire Products collaborated with the customer to reduce the wire content in the welded assembly, saving the customer 15% per piece.
Wire Products successfully untangled the complicated supply chain issues faced by their customer, delivering immediate benefits through local sourcing and dedicated production capabilities.